THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to DEPOSIT beverage containers.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 342G-113, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending subsection (b) to read:
"(b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to any dealer:
(1) Who is located in a high-density
population area as defined by the director in rules, and within [
one mile of a certified redemption center that is operated independently
of a dealer;
(2) Who is located in a rural area as defined by rule;
(3) Who subcontracts with a certified redemption center to be operated on the dealer's premises;
(4) Whose sales of deposit beverage containers are only via vending machines;
(5) Whose place of business is less than five thousand square feet of interior space;
(6) Who can demonstrate physical or financial hardship, or both, based on specific criteria established by rule; or
(7) Who meets other criteria established by the director.
Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), the director may allow the placement of redemption centers at greater than prescribed distances to accommodate geographical features while ensuring adequate consumer convenience."
2. By amending subsection (d) to read:
"(d) If there is no redemption center within the [
one-mile radius of a dealer due to the criteria described in subsection
(b), then the respective county and the State shall determine the need for a
redemption center in that area. If a
redemption center is deemed necessary, then the State, with assistance from the
county, shall establish the redemption center with funding from the deposit
beverage container deposit special fund."
SECTION 2. Section 342G-117, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (b) and (c) to read as follows:
"(b) The department shall [
the handling fee at least once per year[ .
If the department changes the amount of the handling fee, the department
shall] and publish notice of the change within thirty days of its
(c) The handling fee shall be paid in addition to
the refund value of each empty deposit beverage container. Payments for handling fees shall be based on
redemption center reports submitted to the department; provided that there is
no discrepancy in the reports[
.]; provided further that the amount of
the handling fee in any calendar year shall not be less than the amount of the handling
fee in the prior calendar year as adjusted by the applicable percentage change in
the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Honolulu area published
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor. The department may choose to pay the handling
fee and refund value on the basis of the total weight of the containers
received by material type and the average weight of each container type;
provided that the deposit beverage container is physically received by the
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2024.
Deposit Beverage Containers; Redemption; Handling Fee; CPI
Exempts a beverage dealer who is in a high-density population area from operating a redemption center if the dealer is located within one mile of a certified redemption center operated independently of the dealer. Requires the department of health to annually adjust the handling fees for the deposit beverage container program to an amount not less than the handling fee in the prior calendar year as adjusted by percentage changes in the Consumer Price Index for the Honolulu area. Takes effect on 7/1/2024. (SD1)
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